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Labyrinth Cafe 2018-19 Season
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
75th Birthday Tribute: A Celebration of Joni Mitchell!
with Jennings & Keller and Friends
Joni Mitchell, one of the most beloved as well as talented singer-songwriters of all time, turns 75 on November 7, 2018 and, despite recent health issues, remains omnipresent. A new biography by author David Yaffe earned a fawning review in the New Yorker. In 2017, her 1971 masterpiece Blue topped NPR’s 150 Greatest Albums by Women. Photos of the icon backstage at James Taylor’s recent Hollywood Bowl performance circulated widely on Facebook. All this, despite the fact that Mitchell’s last recording was over 10 years ago and she hasn’t performed in longer.
Mitchell, who suffered a brain aneurysm in early 2015, still ranks as the poet laureate of the 1960s singer-songwriters. Over more than three decades, the multiple Grammy winner molded contemporary folk with elements of rock, jazz and world music into a sophisticated and peerless sound. Her canon of work is more relevant today than ever. Writing for NPR, music critic Ann Powers said that “after nearly fifty years Blue remains the clearest and most animated musical map to the new world that women traced, sometimes invisibly, within their daily lives in the aftermath of the utopian, dream-crushing 1960s.”
Please join us for an unforgettable evening of Joni Mitchell classics, featuring Jennings & Keller and other amazing musicians!
Jennings & Keller is Laurie Jennings Oudin and Dana Keller, an acoustic duo based out of Miami, Florida. They bring a wealth of experience to their collaboration, from the Broadway musicals of New York to the honky-tonks of West Texas. Their music is called "Fusion Folk Americana' - a blend of many different elements that comes from their vast and wide-ranging musical backgrounds Laurie Jennings Oudin is well-known as the former proprietress of The Main Street Cafe, which was viewed across the country as the premier acoustic music venue in Florida. A former Shakespearean actress, Laurie has been a singer and songwriter for many years. Since the cafe's close in June 2006, she has been devoting her time to her musical career with Dana Keller, a veteran pedal steel, dobro, and guitar player who has spent years performing on stage or in the studio with such luminaries as Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Stevie Wonder, Larry Graham, Marvin Gaye, Dave Mason, Johnny Rodriguez and The Allen Brothers, to name a few. The synergy created from these two diverse talents is not easy to define, but will leave a lasting impression on all who listen.